I have begun to feel that the true path for most of us who struggle to find our way in this writing world - is through the networking of fellow writers. Whether it be to improve our craft, to learn the business, or to just commiserate - it is a vital sense of community for this modern age. Best wishes to you Howie! Looking forward to your blog!
You might keep an eye on John in Linkedin. His questions are insightful and the discussions that they create are valuable.